5 Tips for Safe Pet Swimming Practices

As the summer heats up, you and your pet may want to cool down with a refreshing swim. Although it’s in their name, not all dogs–or pets–know how to “doggy paddle,” so use caution when swimming with your four-legged pal. Here are five suggestions to keep your pet safe while swimming.

#1: Make available clean drinking water

If your thirsty pet joins a pool or other body of water, he or she is more likely to drink chemical-laden or contaminated water. Before and after swimming, always provide plenty of fresh water to satiate your pet’s thirst.

#2: Make sure your pet is wearing a life vest

If your pet will be in deep water, make sure they wear a life jacket instead of relying exclusively on their swimming abilities to keep them afloat. Put on the vest before going into the water to give your pet time to become accustomed to it.

#3: Never leave your pet in water unattended

Pets may panic when left alone in water, so keep a close check on your furry friend while they swim.

#4: Show your pet how to exit the pool

If your pet falls into your pool when you are not present, he or she may be unable to escape without assistance. Make sure you have a stable set of steps for your pet to utilize to get out of the pool, and that they know how to use them.

#5: Rinse your pet after swimming

After a swim in a pool or lake, chemicals, viruses, and general dirt and debris can find their way into your pet’s fur. Rinse your pet’s fur well after swimming to prevent them from brushing these pollutants off their body.

Accidents can occur near bodies of water, especially if your four-legged friend leans in for a drink and does not know how to swim. If your pet has a water-related emergency this summer, please contact our staff for assistance.